Horizon 2020Department of Physics 1st May 2014 Presenter: Renata Schaeffer Ext: 61648 Email: email@example.com Research Operations
Horizon 2020 The next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) • Horizon 2020 Overview • How to Participate? • Who can participate? • Conditions of Participation • Evaluation Criteria • The Consortium • Finding Partners • Expert Advisory Group
The Budget • Budget increase from €53bn in FP7 to €77bn in Horizon 2020 (at current prices) OTHERS: 5,8B€ (Spreading excellence & widening participation, Science & Society, JRC, EIT)
Coverage of the full innovation chain Large Scale Validation Demonstration Basic Research Market outputs Technology R&D Prototyping Pilots
Horizon 2020: The Main Drivers • From Research to Innovation – from basic research to bringing ideas to the market! • Strong emphasis on industry participation across the Programme • Multi- disciplinary approach to research • Integration of SSH disciplines in calls • ‘Simplification’ • ‘As is’ approach to evaluation process – no opportunity to tidy-up proposal at negotiation stage (consider: IPR, access rights, management structure) • Less descriptive calls • Simplified funding: 100% of direct costs + 25% overheads • Except for non-public organizations on Innovation Actions (IA): EU contribution is 70% only (incl. 25% overhead) • (ERC, FET, IMI, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges calls)
Horizon 2020: Three priorities Excellent Science Competitive Industries Better Society
Pillar structure H2020 will focus resources on 3 key priorities: • Excellent Science (1) • ERC • FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) • Marie Curie Actions • European Research Infrastructures • Industrial Leadership (2) • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies • Innovation in SMEs and Access to risk finance • Societal Challenges (3) • Health, demographic change and wellbeing • European Bioeconomy Challenges • Secure, clean and efficient energy • Smart, green and integrated transport • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials • Europe in a changing world • Secure societies Widening Participation, Science with and for Society Joint Research Centre (JRC) European Institute of Innov. and Tech EIT EURATOM
Pillar 1 – Marie Sklodowska Curie * Indicative 2015 calls information also available.
European Research Council (ERC) • Funding is designed to support talented individuals to form research ‘teams’ to undertake ground-breaking research • Collaborative research is possible, but the ERC award typically what they class as mono-partner projects, based in a single institution • There are four main awards offered by the ERC: • Starting, Advanced and Consolidator Investigator Grant, Synergy Grant and Proof of Concept • Funding is very generous – ranging from €1.5 million to €15 million (Synergy grants)
European Research Council (ERC) • Eligibility depends on level of postdoctoral experience prior to publication date of the call • Starting Grants – PhD awarded between 2 up to 7 years • Consolidator Grants – PhD awarded between 7 and 12 years • Advanced Grants - to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years • Synergy Grants - will fund projects for groups of between two and four PIs who are excellent researchers, to undertake frontier research of their choice. No specific eligibility criteria with respect to their academic requirement are foreseen • Proof of Concept – Provides additional funding to ERC grant holders to establish proof of concept, identify a development path and an IPR strategy for ideas arising from ERC grant
European Research Council Deadlines * Indicative 2015 calls information also available.
Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) • Expanded from ICT and Energy to be used as cross-cutting funding scheme • Supports frontier research: alternative ideas, concepts or paradigms of risky or non-conventional nature (similar to ERC) Open, light and agile Roadmap based research
FET Open: • FET OPEN – Novel ideas for radically new technologies • Deadline: 29/09/2015 • Cut off dates: 30/09/2014, 31/03/2015 and 29/09/2015 • http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/1153-fetopen-1-2014.html • Specific challenge: Supporting a large set of early stage, high risk visionary science and technology collaborative research projects is necessary for the successful exploration of new foundations for radically new future technologies. Nurturing fragile ideas requires an agile, risk-friendly and highly interdisciplinary research approach, expanding well beyond the strictly technological disciplines. Recognising and stimulating the driving role of new high-potential actors in research and innovation, such as women, young researchers and high-tech SMEs, is also important for nurturing the scientific and industrial leaders of the future.
FET Proactive: • FET Proactive – Emerging Themes and Communities • Deadline: 01/04/2014 • http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-fetproact-2014.html • FETPROACT 2: Knowing, doing, being: cognition beyond solving • Specific challenge: This initiative addresses the interdisciplinary fundamentals of knowing, thinking, doing and being, in close synergy with foundational research on future artificial cognitive systems, robots, smart artefacts and large scale cyber-physical systems. It aims at renewing ties between the different disciplines studying knowledge …. • Scope: (3rd!) Approaches for understanding the long-term development of individual and social knowledge and identities, especially in highly heterogeneous and dynamic settings (reflecting aspects of e.g., diversity, urban change, migration, social and gender divides, multiculturalism, inter-disciplinarity, etc.). Proposals are expected to take into account the role of technologies and infrastructures in this, as well as how these facilitate or hamper societal changes.
Leadership in Industrial and Enabling Technologies (LEIT) • Strong focus on industrial involvement and applied research • Led by Industrial Roadmap • Boost competitiveness, create jobs, support growth …. • Emphasis on industrial (particularly SME) involvement and demonstration projects • Focus on common technological barriers
Leadership in Industrial and Enabling Technologies (LEIT) • Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) • Micro- and nano-electronics, • Photonics • Nanotechnologies • Advanced Materials • Biotechnology • Advanced Manufacturing and Processing • ICT • Space
Leadership in Industrial and Enabling Technologies (LEIT) • Public Private Partnership (PPPs) – implemented either through Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) or contractual PPPs) • Joint Technology Initiatives • ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems fro European Leadership) • Bio-based Industries (new) • Contractual PPPs • Factories for the Future: FoF • Energy Efficient Buildings: EeB • Sustainable Process Industries through Resource and Energy Efficiency: SPIRE • Photonics (Integrated into ICT WP)
Leadership in Industrial and Enabling Technologies (LEIT) • Focus on waste as a resource to recycle and reuse and low carbon energy • Aims to increase industrial capacity in these areas
Pillar 3 – Societal Challenges • Health, demographic change and wellbeing (9.7%) • helping EU citizens to lead longer and healthier lives • European Bioeconomy Challenges (5.0%) • investment for a safe, secure food supply, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland waterway research • Secure, clean and efficient energy (7.70%) • e.g., efficient use of resources to create affordable green electricity • Smart, green and integrated transport (8.23%) • development of more intelligent and safer transport systems • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials (4.0%) • efficient use of resources for protection of our planet • Europe in a changing world (1.7%) • inclusive, innovative and reflective societies • Secure societies (2.2%) • protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
Possible related calls – SC5, Climate Action: • Topic: GROWING A LOW CARBON, RESOURCE EFFICIENT ECONOMY WITH A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY OF RAW MATERIALS • Materials under extreme conditions • Deadline : 10/03/2015(1 stage) • Specific Challenge: High-tech products, … contain substantial amounts of certain Critical Raw Materials (CRM). Although the amount of CRM per product in general is very low, the huge number of products manufactured makes the total amounts very impressive. The prices and availability of CRM varies in time. There is therefore a need to find alternative solutions to replace certain CRM in concrete applications, or to diversify the supply of raw materials sources.(specific challenge identified in European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials • Scope: Proposals should develop solutions proving concept and feasibility at the level of TRL 3-5; please see part G of the General Annex… development of innovative and sustainable solutions for the appropriate substitution of critical and scarce raw materials in applications under extreme conditions, such as substitution of CRM in heat resistant super alloys, in hard materials, critical alloying elements in bulk metals
Possible related calls – SC5, Climate Action: • (Scope cont..): Proposals should develop solutions proving concept and feasibility at the level of TRL 3-5; please see part G of the General Annex • Expected Impact: In the longer term pushing the EU to the forefront in the area of sustainable raw materials substitution. Improved competitiveness and creation of new jobs in materials producing and downstream industries, demonstrated by a return-on-investment study. Significant contribution to reduced dependency on CRMs in the medium term. Contribution to the large scale adoption of the new cost-effective technology in the EU, measured by quantitative and qualitative indicators. Availability of new materials with improved performance under extreme conditions and for electronic devices. Contribution to achieving the objectives of the EIP on Raw Materials. • Type of Action: Research and Innovation actions
Horizon 2020 focus areas/challenges Blue Growth Water Innovation Disaster resilience (incl. climate change) Smart cities and communities Waste Sustainable food security Competitive low-carbon energy Digital Security Mobility for Growth New ideas for Europe Personalising health and care Waste
What’s new? • VAT eligible if non-deductible • ITN ‘Management/Overhead’ as a €1200 flat rate (pre-proposalnegotiationrequired!) • One audit at the end of the grantonly – threshold €325K • No timesheets for staff working 100% - but central declaration required! • Greater industry participation ++ • Open Access to scientific peer reviewed publication required (including the bibliographic metadata identifying the publication)
What’s new! • Bonus payment of €8k per researcher/year is not an allowable cost (decision by HR Committee 23/01/2014) • ‘As is’ approach to evaluation process – no opportunity to tidy-up proposal at negotiation stage (consider: IPR, access rights, management structure) • Letters of Intent are likely to be needed for most multi-beneficiary proposals. Letters of Commitment needed for partner organisations (part of the proposal) • Projects are classified as RIA (Research Innovation Action) or IA (Innovation Action) • ‘Gender balance’ should be addressed in proposals
Horizon 2020 – How to participate? • Any institution may participate either as a Partner or as a Coordinator! • Responsibilities of the Coordinator: • Submits the proposal and (generally) leads the project. • Reporting responsibilities • Receives payment from the Commission and distributes to partners • Acts as a ‘hub’ for queries between Partners and Commission • Resources and Benefits? • Coordinator receives adequate funding for resources to manage the consortium. Costs are claimed as incurred and cannot lead to a profit. • Closer links to Brussels • Prestige (?) • Financial support of up to £10k for preparation of large research funding bids may be available from the University: https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/rso/bidsupport/
Horizon 2020 – Who can participate? Open to almost any entity…. • EU Member States (28) • Candidate Countries • e.g. Turkey, Serbia • Associated Countries • e.g. Switzerland, Norway, Israel • International Co-operation Partner Countries (ICPC) • e.g.: 3rdworld countries • Industry • Multinationals to SMEs • Research organisations • Universities & other HEIs • Public bodies • e.g.NHSTrusts • Trade Associations • International Bodies • e.g. Red Cross, etc
Conditions for participation • Minimum conditions: FET, LEIT and Societal Challenges(apart from JTIs) • For standard collaborative actions (RIA and IA) • 3 legal entities, each established in different MS/AC • For CSA : 1 legal entity • For SME Instrument and programme co-fund • 1 legal entity established in a MS/AC • Industry participation is highly advisable even if not a requirement!
Evaluation Criteria – Excellence • Soundness of concept and quality of objectives • Progress beyond state of the art • Quality and effectiveness of the S/T methodology and associated work plan • Guidelines • How is your idea different? Why you and why now? • Overall strategy, work plan (describe work packages) and methodology • Appropriate milestones and deliverables • Risk assessments and contingency plans
Evaluation Criteria – Implementation • Appropriateness of the management structure and procedures (no negotiation) • Quality and relevant experience of participants/consortium • Appropriateness of the allocation and justification of the resources to be committed (budget, staff, equipment) • Guidelines • Unless stated in call text there is no political/geographical requirement • Split the budget according to the work done (collaborative project)
Evaluation Criteria – Impact • Contribution, at the European and/or international level, to the expected impacts listed in the work programme • Appropriateness of measures for the dissemination and/or exploitation of project results, and management of IP • Guidelines • Include clear dissemination and publication plans • Does it have “EU added value”? • Include plans on how IPR will be exploited (no negotiation!) • Plan to track the impact post-project (exploitation potential). • Include a business plan where relevant • Sustainability of the project after the EU funding
Evaluation Criteria • Excellence • Clarity of the objectives; • Soundness of the concept, including trans disciplinary considerations; • Credibility of the proposed approach; • Ambition, progress beyond the state of the art. • 2. Impact: […] contribution to: • The expected impacts listed in the work programme • Enhancing innovation capacity and integration of new knowledge; • Strengthening the competitiveness and growth of companies by developing innovations meeting the needs of European and global markets; • …measures to, disseminate and exploit the project results,… communication. • 3. Quality and efficiency of implementation • Coherence and effectiveness of work plan, … allocation of tasks, resources; • Competences, experience and complementarity of the individual participants, as well as of the consortium as a whole; • Appropriateness of the management structures and procedures….risk management. First stage considerations in RED
Evaluation Process Balanced selection of experts (scientific expertise, geography, gender) YES? Evaluators invited on a call-by-call basis Process monitored by independent experts
The Consortium • Meeting the criteria with a ‘balanced’ Consortium: • The basic research • Science & Technology partners • Users of Technology & Implementation • Partners with expertise to develop, test & validate the scientific premise, technology or other outputs • IMPACT of the R&D outcomes on the target market • Partners with expertise & experience to disseminate & exploit the knowledge/solutions generated
Events Photonics 21 Workhops – 06/06/2014 http://www.photonics21.org/index.php Workshop on Re-naturingCities and Addressing Environmental Challenges – 13/05/2014 http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/renaturing-cities-addressing-environmental-challenges-and-effects-economic-crisis-through Leading Enabling Technologies for Societal Challenges – 29/09/2014 http://www.lets2014.eu/ Horizon 2020 Projects - http://www.h2020.md/en/events
Expert Advisory Groups • Feed into shaping the research agenda and Horizon 2020 calls for proposals • Call for expressions of interest is still on-going (first groups have been selected) • 15 groups, consisting of 20-30 experts • Experts from a broad group of stakeholders, including industry, research and civil society. • Mandate of experts is for two years, with a possible two year renewal. • Appointment process is on going – 425 to be selected now!
Useful Links Participant Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html Experts for Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm?pg=h2020-experts
Research Office EU Team • Renata Schaeffer • Questions on: General queries, funding opportunities and EU policy • Catherine Hill • Questions on: Coordinator grants • Sarah Saemian • Questions on: General queries, Participant Portal and EPSS • Bethan Jones • ERC Officer